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The PSP Announces Robert Cooper as Showrunner for the 2020 Scripted Series Lab
Cooper will be mentor to six up-and-coming BC-based screenwriters selected to participate in next year’s program starting in January 2020, leading the story room and working together to develop his original series in the PSP’s flagship training program now in its second year. Combining real-world story-room experience, mentorship, boot camps, workshops and information sessions, the program equips writers with the skills, experience and connections necessary to establish a sustainable career in the province’s dynamic screen industry.
Robert Cooper most recently created, wrote and directed episodes of CBC’s Unspeakable, following Canada’s tainted blood scandal. A lifelong dream project, the mini-series recently won the Leo Award for best dramatic series. Previously, he served as showrunner of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for BBC America, Netflix and AMC Studios, and is probably best known for having been showrunner of the record-breaking Stargate television franchise for MGM. He co-created Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe and served as executive producer, writer, and director of multiple episodes of all three series and two DTV movies.
Cooper has been nominated and won several awards for both writing and directing, including two Hugo nominations and a Canadian Writer’s Guild award for best dramatic screenplay. In 2009, he was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award for contribution to the British Columbia television industry.
2020 Scripted Series Lab
Our selection committee is currently reviewing submissions for the 2020 Scripted Series Lab. Successful applicants will be announced in late November.
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